Jan
22
2009

  Back to Peak Physical Fitness

I feel good! I just got back from a very pleasant 4-mile walk! Terry and I set out to go just three miles, but the weather was so pleasant (compared to the past few weeks, at least) that I suggested we walk another tick down the road. But when we got to the next point, Terry wanted to go just a bit further to check out the barn with two silos in a neighboring field. And when we were there and he wanted to walk to the far side of the barn, I figured we were close enough to the 4-mile mark that we should go for it and walk the full 4-mile route.

It was warm enough that I had to take off my red cape when we got to the 2-silo barn, and I also unzipped my sweater halfway so I was down to just my camisole covering my belly. Then I was comfortable. Terry remained firmly zipped up in his ski jacket. I did keep my winter hat on, though, so my ears wouldn't get too cold. If it's this warm tomorrow, I may just wear my earmuffs instead of the hat.

I actually feel better at the end of the four miles than I have been at the end of three miles. After three miles, my calves are often a bit sore and tight. But today they felt great at the end of the walk. Either the extra mile loosened them up or maybe it was just the warmer weather allowing them to be looser. I feel energized instead of exhausted, which is great, it's been a while since I've felt really good after my walk.

And to think, just earlier this month I was despairing that my 4-mile days were over forever. This has taught me that regression need not be permanent, even if it feels that way at the time. All the baby books warn that kids will regress from time-to-time, but that parents should not despair and think they are back to square one, since the kids will pop right back to where they "should" be in a short while. Now that I have first-hand knowledge of what that feels like, I think I will be more aware of this when it happens to my baby and I will have more empathy for them as a result.

The Diaper Free book and the "attachment parenting" chapter in Dr. Sears both advocate a sort of "regressing" along with your kids when they go backwards-- for example, if they were once tying their own shoes but for whatever reason have regressed and won't do it anymore, then don't argue with them about how they know how to tie their shoes, and they need to take care of it themselves. Just tie their shoes for them for awhile, and they'll go back to tying their own shoes when they're ready.

When I first read that I was skeptical, but now I think that's a reasonable approach. I know if Terry had pushed me when I just wanted to walk three miles after I had been walking four for awhile, I would have been very unhappy about that. I would have felt really miserable had I forced myself to walk four miles those weeks when I was all hungry and weak. Terry told me today he was very surprised that all of a sudden I can walk four miles comfortably again, he had also thought our four-mile walks were over for good. So I guess it will be with the child, if they regress, just trust that they're doing what they can, and that when they feel better or more capable they'll get back on track when they're ready.

That said, I don't know that I'll have time to walk four miles tomorrow, since I've got to be at quilt club by noon, and last time I didn't get home until after 5pm. This time, I'll cut my fabric in advance (I just received my cutting wheel and mat in the mail today), but I still don't know how long it will take to sew my squares.